News for Hot Snakes

NEWS : TUE, NOV 7, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Hot Snakes’ ‘Automatic Midnight’, ‘Suicide Invoice’, and ‘Audit in Progress’ Reissues Available From Sub Pop in January 2018 + UK Tour Dates Announced

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The US leg of Hot Snakes tour begins tomorrow night,  November 8th

On Friday, January 19th, 2018, Hot Snakes entire discography – Automatic MidnightSuicide Invoice, and Audit in Progress – will be reissued worldwide through Sub Pop. The first pressing of the LP reissues of these albums will be on colored vinyl (Automatic Midnight on orange, Suicide Invoice on yellow, and Audit in Progress on pink) and each album will come with its own, new set of 6 stickers designed by the band’s Rick Froberg. And January 19th will be the first time any of these albums have been available on cassette.

These influential post-hardcore all-stars – boasting members of Pitchfork, Rocket From the Crypt,  Drive Like Jehu, Earthless, Obits, Burning Brides, OFF!, The Delta 72, and more –released three of our favorite rock records of the past 20 years: Automatic Midnight in 2000, Suicide Invoice in 2002 and Audit in Progress in 2004. And now, finally, they’re ours! As we await the somewhat-later-in-2018 release of their first new album since 2004, please make these Sub Pop reissues yours…

Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice, and Audit in Progress are now available for preorder in the below listed formats (plus there’s an updated Hot Snakes T-shirt design) [preorder them all here]

  • CD digipack with custom dust sleeve
  • LP in a single-pocket jacket with custom dust sleeve and new sticker sheet
  • Cassette
  • Digital

New to Hot Snakes? Check out the handy Hot Snakes Beginner’s Guide on Spotify and/or the equally-as-handy Hot Snakes Essentials on Apple Music.


Automatic Midnight, Hot Snakes’ first studio album, originally came out in 2000. Both the band and the album began as a side project for John Reis in June 1999, during time off from his main band Rocket From the Crypt. Reis wrote and recorded a batch of songs in San Diego with Delta 72 drummer Jason Kourkounis. To provide vocals for the tracks Reis called in Rick Froberg, whom he had played with in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu from 1986 to 1995. Most of the material from these sessions was used to create Automatic Midnight, which became the first release for Reis’ newly formed Swami Records label. The band’s sound represented a return to the unrealized past of its members: direct, undraped and rock ‘n’ roll while still maintaining the dense and turbulent character of the members’ previous work. In April or May of 2000, Hot Snakes added bassist Gar Wood, found their live sound and established themselves as primo, down-stroke warlords.

Automatic Midnight
Tracklisting
1. If Credit’s What Matters I’ll Take Credit
2. Automatic Midnight
3. No Hands
4. Salton City
5. 10th Planet
6. Light Up the Stars
7. Our Work Fills the Pews
8. Past Lives
9. Mystery Boy
10. Apartment 0
11. Let It Come

 
Suicide Invoice, their second album, was originally released in 2002. It was recorded at San Diego’s Drag Racist Studios in 2002 with engineer Ben Moore. The album exhibits Hot Snakes’ slightly larger palate in mood and dissonance. People enjoyed the shows and listening to the recorded music. But, strain from controversy and fame would reveal cracks in the seemingly impenetrable hide of Hot Snakes. A year after the album’s release, drummer Jason Kourkounis left to focus on other music.

Suicide Invoice
Tracklisting
1. I Hate the Kids
2. Gar Forgets His Insulin
3. XOX
4. Who Died
5. Suicide Invoice
6. Paid in Cigarettes
7. LAX
8. Bye Nancy Boy
9. Paperwork
10. Why Does It Hurt
11. Unlisted
12. Ben Gurion


Audit in Progress is their third studio album, originally released in 2004. The band recorded the album with new drummer Mario Rubalcaba at San Diego’s Big Fish Recording with engineer Ben Moore. An increased attraction to dissonance surfaced on Audit in Progress. The album was well-received by critics and fans and was named “best punk album” at the 2005 San Diego Music Awards. More shows were played and enjoyed and the band visited many cities all over the world. By 2005, the band spiraled into a mid-life punk crisis and stopped performing.

Audit in Progress
Tracklisting
1. Braintrust
2. Hi-Lites
3. Retrofit
4. Kreative Kontrol
5. Think About Carbs
6. Audit in Progress
7. Hatchet Job
8. This Mystic Decade
9. Lovebirds
10. Reflex
11. Hair and DNA
12. Plenty for All

 

Lucky for all of us here in the present, Hot Snakes are charging back, renewed, recording new music and playing shows with both drummers, and planning for the release of a new album in 2018 on Sub Pop Records. Read more on Hot Snakes by Swami John Reis here.

Hot Snakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Hot Snakes have added new UK headlining dates to their 2017/18 international tour schedule. These UK dates begin January 25th, 2018 in Manchester at Gorilla and end February 3rd, 2018 in Bristol at Thekla. The tour includes stops in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Brighton, Nottingham, Newcastle, and Cambridge. Tickets on sale to general public today at 3pm GMT. 
 
Hot Snakes’ previously announced U.S. shows begin tomorrow night, November 8th, 2017 in Long Beach at Alex’s Bar and run through November 18th, 2017 in Philadelphia at Underground Arts.
 
For up to date ticket information, please visit hotsnakes.shofetti.com.
 
Nov. 08 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar [Sold Out]
Nov. 09  - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour [Sold Out]
Nov. 10 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel  [Sold Out]
Nov. 11-  Portland, OR - Star Theatre [Sold Out]
Nov. 12 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey  [Sold Out]
Nov. 15  - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
Nov. 16  - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House  [Sold Out]
Nov. 17 - Boston, MA - Middle East - Boston
Nov. 18  - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
Jan. 25 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
Jan. 26 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
Jan. 27 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
Jan. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Jan. 30 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Jan. 31 - Cambridge, UK - The Portland
Feb. 01 - Brighton, UK - Sticky Mikes
Feb. 02 - London, UK - The Dome
Feb. 03 - Bristol, UK - Thekla (Early Show)


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, AUG 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Sub Pop Signs Hot Snakes For The Whole Wide World, With Plans To Release A New Album And Reissue The Band’s Catalog in 2018

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The first US Hot Snakes tour in six years happens November 8th-18th, 2017; Fan pre-sales begin TODAY at hotsnakes.shofetti.com.

[Photo Credit: Rick Froberg]

We’re incredibly excited to share the news that Hot Snakes – the band comprised of Rick Froberg, Jason Kourkounis, John Reis, Mario Rubalcaba, and Gar Wood – have signed to Sub Pop for the world!  We will release the group’s first new album since 2004’s Audit in Progress, as well as reissue their exceptional catalog – Audit…Suicide Invoice and Automatic Midnight – in the Spring of 2018.
 
These influential post-hardcore all-stars – boasting members of Pitchfork, Rocket From the Crypt,  Drive Like Jehu, Earthless, Obits, Burning Brides, OFF!, The Delta 72, and more – have released three of our favorite rock records of the past 20 years. And soon enough that’ll be four…

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

While we wait for new tunes, Hot Snakes have just scheduled headlining tour dates (their first new shows since 2011!), which begin November 8th, 2017 in Long Beach at Alex’s Bar and run through November 18th, 2017 in Philadelphia at Underground Arts. The trek includes stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, Boston, and Philadelphia.
 
Early pre-sales for these shows begin today, August 14th at noon ET, with tickets on sale to general public Thursday, August 17th at 12pm EST.  For up to date ticket information, please visit hotsnakes.shofetti.com.
 
Nov. 08 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
Nov. 09  - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
Nov. 10 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
Nov. 11-  Portland, OR - Star Theatre
Nov. 12 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
Nov. 15  - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
Nov. 16  - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
Nov. 17 - Boston, MA - Middle East - Boston
Nov. 18  - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts

There’s no time like the present to obsessively follow news of the Hot Snakes variety via Facebook, or right here on subpop.com.

More on Hot Snakes from Swami John Reis:

Hot Snakes formed in 2000, after the release of their first record, Automatic Midnight. They were John Reis, Jason Kourkounis, Rick Froberg, and Gar Wood. The band’s sound represented a return to the unrealized past of its members. This time their musics would be direct, undraped and rock ‘n’ roll while still maintaining the dense and turbulent character of the members’ previous work (“hard” labor). In April or May of that year, Hot Snakes found their live sound and established themselves as primo, down-stroke warlords.
 
Wikipedia says that in 2002 the band released their second album, Suicide Invoice. The album exhibited Hot Snakes slightly larger palate in mood and dissonance. People enjoyed the shows and listening to the recorded music. But, strain from controversy and fame would reveal cracks in the worn hides of these old road dawgs. Exit Jason Kourkounis to focus on other musics.
 
In 2004 Mario Rubalcaba joined the band and Hot Snakes released their third and last studio album, Audit in Progress. An increased attraction to dissonance surfaced as the band spiraled downward into a mid-life punk crisis. Yet, more shows were played and enjoyed and the band visited many cities all over the world. By 2005, the band had stopped performing.
 
2011 saw the return of Hot Snakes. The band appeared on the premier festival circuit. Both drummers performed with the band on the songs which they each recorded. The reformation proved the band to still be in the top 5. They discussed writing new material and building upon this revitalized momentum. After an additional 6 years of discussions, Hot Snakes returned to the studio in 2017 to commence recording. And, lucky for all of us, 2017 finds Hot Snakes charging back, renewed, playing shows and planning for the release of a new album in 2018 on Sub Pop Records.


Posted by Rachel White

FRI, FEB 13, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Obits song on eMusic Selects compilation

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This week the good people at eMusic released a 16-track compilation of the music they’re most excited about right now, entitled Selected & Collected: An eMusic Selects Compilation. And one of the songs you’ll find here is “Light Sweet Crude” from the upcoming Obits album I Blame You! Not only is this an opportunity to get a song from the new Obits record a full month + before its release, but this is the first Sub Pop song to be available on eMusic.

Plus, the whole compilation is great. For further proof, you can d/l the liner notes here. If you’re an eMusic subscriber, you should go get this comp and if you’re not already a subscriber, maybe you should be.

In other news, I Blame You is available for pre-order right now here.


Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, AUG 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Obits Obits Obits

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While it’s likely that we have already tipped our hand with their appearance at our 20th anniversary festival (and also with bits of press coverage like this Seattle Weekly piece), we are exceedingly thrilled to announce that we are now working with the band Obits!

Let’s meet the men of Obits!

Rick Froberg—-guitar, vocals
Sohrab Habibion—-guitar, vocals
Greg Simpson—-bass
Scott Gursky—-drums

Rick was in Pitchfork; , Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes. Sohrab was in Edsel. Scott was (and is, for about another week, apparently) in Shortstack. And, according to that Seattle Weekly article linked above Greg Simpson is easily the best musician in the band—no small feat in the company he’s keeping here.

They are an amazing band, an excellent group of people and we are very excited to be working with them.

The plan is to release the first Obits full-length record album sometime in the first few months of 2009.


Posted by Chris Jacobs